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Billy Connolly, Daniel Barenboim, Willie Wonka, Jazz Bastards, and the Universality of Improvisation

Raymond MacDonald and Graeme Wilson.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online June 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 8386 words.

Group musical improvisation is an important artistic, educational, and therapeutic process, and understanding the unique mental, individual, and social processes involved should be a key...

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Biologically Inspired and Agent-Based Algorithms for Music

Alice Eldridge and Oliver Bown.

in The Oxford Handbook of Algorithmic Music

February 2018; p ublished online February 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis; Music Cognition. 16350 words.

This chapter examines a range of approaches to algorithmic music making inspired by biological systems, and considers topics at the intersection of contemporary music, computer science, and...

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The Cognitive Neuroscience of Improvisation

Aaron L. Berkowitz.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online April 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 8149 words.

Cognitive neuroscience research has begun to elucidate the neural substrates and cognitive processes that are involved in musical improvisation. In turn, the study of improvisation from the...

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Cognitive Processes in Musical Improvisation

Roger T. Dean and Freya Bailes.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online June 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 7888 words.

This chapter discusses the conceptual frameworks in which current empirical studies of cognition in musical improvisation are being undertaken. It takes as its starting point the...

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Community Music Practice with Adults

Don D. Coffman.

in The Oxford Handbook of Community Music

April 2018; p ublished online February 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Music Cognition. 6944 words.

This chapter examines three approaches to teaching and learning that resonate with community music principles and that can help inform the theoretical bases for community music practice,...

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Compositions Created with Constraint Programming

Torsten Anders.

in The Oxford Handbook of Algorithmic Music

February 2018; p ublished online February 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis; Music Cognition. 8939 words.

This chapter surveys music constraint programming systems, and how composers have used them. The chapter motivates why and explains how users of such systems describe intended musical...

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A Computationally Motivated Approach to Cognition Studies in Improvisation

Brian Magerko.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online January 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 4554 words.

This chapter presents the guiding design rationale for the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Digital Improv Project, which studies human cognition as a means of informing the creation of...

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Conjuring Magic as Survival

Halifu Osumare.

in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater

August 2015; p ublished online September 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Dance; Music Cognition. 9459 words.

This chapter is an inquiry into contemporary hip-hop theater and dance as one of the latest genres of concert theater that is steeped in an Africanist aesthetic with multiracial proponents....

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A Consciousness-Based Look at Spontaneous Creativity

Ed Sarath.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 2

September 2016; p ublished online September 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 9783 words.

This chapter explores improvisation from a consciousness-based standpoint. Examination of an inner mechanics for the transcendent experience frequently reported by improvisers sets the...

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Defining and Explaining Singing Difficulties in Adults

Karen Wise.

in The Oxford Handbook of Singing

April 2019; p ublished online September 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Music Cognition. 9778 words.

Although singing is a universal human activity, many adults in Western society exclude themselves from singing, often self-defining as “non singing” or “tone deaf.” This chapter focuses on...

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Describing Sound

Zachary Wallmark and Roger A. Kendall.

in The Oxford Handbook of Timbre

P ublished online June 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Sound Studies; Music Cognition. 12552 words.

Timbre exists at the confluence of the physical and the perceptual, and due to inconsistencies between these frames, it is notoriously hard to describe. This chapter examines the...

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Disabled Union Veterans and the Performance of Martial Begging

Michael Accinno.

in The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies

December 2015; p ublished online June 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 8058 words.

This essay discusses the phenomenon of disabled Union veterans who turned to the profession of organ grinding during and after the American Civil War: they became mendicant musicians who...

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Fetal, Neonatal, and Early Infant Experiences of Maternal Singing

Sheila C. Woodward.

in The Oxford Handbook of Singing

April 2019; p ublished online October 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Music Cognition. 11750 words.

Singing has its beginnings before birth in the fetal experience of the maternal singing voice. The nature of this form of human musical communication is highlighted against speculation that...

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Free Improvisation as a Path-Dependent Process

Jared Burrows and Clyde G. Reed.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online June 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition; Music Education and Pedagogy; Music Theory and Analysis. 9376 words.

Freely improvised music lacks commonly used mechanisms (e.g., scores, conductors, shared performance practices) that serve to coordinate choices across performers in other musical genres....

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The Ghost in the Music, or the Perspective of an Improvising Ant

David Borgo.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online May 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 10082 words.

One of the particular joys of improvising music together is not knowing precisely the relationship between one’s own actions and thoughts (one has to surprise oneself, after all) or between...

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Group Singing and Social Identity

Jane W. Davidson and Robert Faulkner.

in The Oxford Handbook of Singing

April 2019; p ublished online January 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Applied Music; Music Cognition. 6607 words.

Group singing practices interact with socio-cultural context, and this relationship depends on predominant social trends. Furthermore, ability to act in the world is expressed through...

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Improvisation, Action Understanding, and Music Cognition with and without Bodies

Vijay Iyer.

in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1

September 2016; p ublished online June 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music Cognition. 8213 words.

A posited definition of improvisation encompasses such a broad range of human actions that it is helpful to consider both improvisation and rhythm in terms of embodied cognition and a...

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Investigating Choral Pedagogies

Martin Ramroth.

in The Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy

April 2017; p ublished online March 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Music Education and Pedagogy; Music Cognition. 6229 words.

While Western Europe heralds a celebrated tradition of classical choral music, conductors and choral pedagogues from other continents are often astounded to learn of the disparities among...

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Multimodal Music in Infancy and Early Childhood

Sandra E. Trehub.

in The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body

October 2019; p ublished online September 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Musicology and Music History; Music Cognition. 6645 words.

Music in the early years is best understood as creative play with sound and body. Infants are highly responsive observers of mothers’ multimodal singing, which consists of expressive...

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Music and Psychoanalysis

Sander L. Gilman.

in The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body

October 2019; p ublished online July 2018 .

Article. Subjects: Musicology and Music History; Music Cognition. 7436 words.

When theories of the psyche approach music, the question of the embodiment of music becomes a means of understanding the nature of both music and the psyche. Within psychoanalysis there are...

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